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Submitted by Daniel_Randall on Sat, 20/09/2008 - 15:30

Jason -

Your playground must've been fucking boring if this is your idea of "playground banter".

As we've been over many times, your position is simply not to support working-class resistance against both the Iranian regime and US/UK imperialism. This is a blatant distortion. Your stated position is to support the victory of the Iranian regime against imperialism ("if Iran was attacked by the US we would be for the defeat of the US and the victory of Iran") and to encourage workers to ally with the Iranian regime - and other anti-worker forces, such as the sectarian militas in Iraq - in an "anti-imperialist united front". Your attempts to pretend to some kind of third-campism are very much dishonest.

Stalinism doesn't just refer to the social system that existed in the USSR; it's a whole tradition of politics that have poisoned - and continue to poison - labour movements and lefts throughout the world. A whole number of positions that are "common sense" on the left today are borrowed more or less wholesale from Stalinism. Those of us who can see that aren't going to hold back from saying it because it's potentially "offensive" or "insulting".

To be perfectly honest, I don't care if you find it insulting to be characterised as "Stalinoid". It's a legitimate criticism; deal with it.

Respond to the politics.

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